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getting organized for next year

Conferring Notebook Tabs

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Anyone who puts up next year’s bulletin boards before the school year ends will feel at-home when reading this post since that’s what I do since I don’t like waiting to do everything in late August.

Hence, today I also began working on my writing conference notebook. I labeled it with all of my incoming students’ names and what their ‘number’ will be (for count-off and other purposes). Here are some photos of what each conference sheet looks like. (I also added in a general strategy lesson jpg so you can see how that looks too.)

Female Conferring Page Male Conferring Page Strategy Lesson Tracker Sheet

7 thoughts on “getting organized for next year

  1. Melanie & Liza:
    I post quite a bit of items over at Teachers Pay Teachers: many of which are free ( However, if there’s something you’re not seeing there that you’d like, then let me know.
    In the meantime, here’s a link to my Research-Decide-Teach Boxes that I keep on each student, There are eight boxes on a page, so if you’re meeting with each student once a week, then you’ll need five of these sheets, per student, to get you though the year.
    Hope this is helpful!


  2. I would love to see any of your templates too! For your conferring notebook for writing, I see that you have a place for the teaching point, but what about your notes about the conference? Thanks! Also, I have always taught 4th grade, but may be teaching 5th grade for the first time next year. I know that you taught 5th grade also….do you have any advice/feedback for me about 5th?


  3. I, too, am preparing to teach 4th grade next year. i’d love your templates for — oh — anything! 🙂 Seriously, I’d love to see your reading notebook templates. The way I did reading this year did not work for me. Sigh.


  4. It’s a Blueline Notebook. I write pretty brief conference notes and therefore allotted four pages per student. The notebook should last me all of the next school year.

    As for reading… I use a 3-ring binder and a system that looks very different. LMK if you’d like the template Mary Anne.


  5. I love getting organized for the next school year at the end of the previous one while everything is still fresh in your mind. That way you can tweak things as needed and you remember what needs tweaking.

    I would love to hear more about your notebook. Do you have a similar notebook for Reading? Does one notebook last through the whole year? Tell me more….I love organizing!!

    I am teaching 4th grade next year and am doing all my prep and organizing now!



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